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    Catherine’s Gate

    by HORSCHECK Updated Apr 8, 2011

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    Catherine's Gate

    Catherine’s Gate (Poarta Ecaterinei) is the only remaining city gate from medieval times. It was erected by the Tailors' Guild in 1559.

    The four small corner turrets symbolise that the town had judicial autonomy and therefore the right to decide on capital punishment.

    Parts of the old town walls can be seen here as well.

    Directions:
    The Catherine’s Gate is situated at the southwestern end of the old town, just next to the Schei Gate.

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    Saint Martin Church

    by HORSCHECK Written Nov 10, 2007

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    The Saint Martin Church (Biserica Sfantul Martin) was built in 1522 and used to be a catholic chapel until 1542. The Gothic style building is the third oldest church in Brasov.

    A cemetery where many Germans are buried can be found on the western side of the church.

    Unfortunately the churchyard was closed when we visited the church, therefore we couldn't enjoy the panoramic views of the northern part of the city.

    Directions:
    The Saint Martin Church is located on the Lower Hill (Dealul de Jos ) just north of the city centre. It takes about 30 minutes on foot to get there.

    Address: St. Martin Church , Str. Dealul de Jos 12, Brasov

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    The Synagogue

    by HORSCHECK Written Nov 10, 2007

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    The first Jews settled in Brasov at the very beginning of the 19th century. About one century later (1901) the Synagogue (Sinagoga) was opened.

    The Neo-Roman/Moorish style building was designed by architect Leopold Baumhorn.

    Nowadays there are only about 230 Jews living in Brasov, whereas in 1940 Brasov's Jewish community consisted of about 4000 members.

    Directions:
    The Synagogue is located in a backyard at the Poarta Schei street, which can be found just southwest of the Town Hall Square (Piata Sfatului).

    Address: Synagogue, Str. Poarta Schei 27, Brasov

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    The Brașov Citadel Fortress

    by liliana91 Written Oct 16, 2011

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    Cetatea Brașovului-The Brașov Citadel Fortress
    On a small Hill,you can find The Brașov Citadel Fortress.It's a lovely place.
    Remember to knock on the door, and if no one answer you, don't get panic, wait few minutes and then knock again. There was no such things as guide, tax for entry or for taking photos, they let us to walk in the fortress alone.

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    First Romanian language school

    by HORSCHECK Updated May 12, 2012

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    First Romanian language school

    The history of the first Romanian language school (Prima Scoala Romaneasca) dates back to 1495. At that time it was among the leading schools for Romanian people.

    In the middle of the 16th century a printing press was opened in the building.

    Most of the first printed books in Romanian were printed here. Nowadays the building houses a school museum.

    Directions:
    The building of the first Romanian language school is situated on the grounds of the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, which can be found at the large square Piata Unirii, in the old Romanian suburb of Schei.

    Address: First Romanian language school, Piata Unirii 2-3, Brasov

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    The White Tower

    by HORSCHECK Updated Nov 11, 2007

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    The White Tower (Turnul Alb) was built in 1494 and at that time it was part of the defensive walls which protected the city from the Turks and Tatars.

    It has a semicircular shape and was renovated just recently. From the tower you can enjoy panoramic views of Brasov's old town.

    Directions:
    The White Tower is situated on a steep hill just northwest of the Town Hall Square (Piata Sfatului). You have to climb about 200 steep steps to reach it.

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    Memorial to the victims of the Romanian Revolution

    by HORSCHECK Updated Nov 10, 2007

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    Romanian Revolution Memorial

    The Memorial to the victims of the Romanian Revolution commemorates the people who died during the street fights aginst the Ceaucescu dictatorship.

    These street fights took place in December 1989.

    The memorial consists of a large cross which is surrounded by the graves of the victims. All graves have a black and white photograph of the buried person.

    Directions:
    The Memorial to the victims of the Romanian Revolution is situated near the eastern end of the Central Park "Nicolae Titulescu".

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    Brasov Fortress

    by HORSCHECK Updated Nov 10, 2007

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    Brasov Fortress (Cetate)

    The Fortress (Cetate) was built in wood in the early 16th century and later replaced by a stone building. It was one of the strongest defensive structures in Transylvania.

    Nowadays the fortress is turned into a restaurant with a winery and terraces. It seems to be popular to rent the place for wedding parties.

    Honestly speaking there is not too much to see at the fortress, so if you don't have that much time you should concentrate on other sights.

    Directions:
    The Brasov Fortress is situated on top of the Cetatii Hill, which can be found north of the Central Park "Nicolae Titulescu".

    Address: Brasov Fortress, Dealul Cetatii, Brasov

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    Rope Street

    by HORSCHECK Written Nov 10, 2007

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    The Rope Street (Strada Sforii) is among the narrowest streets in Europe. The street is up to 1,32 meters wide and 83 meters long.

    It was built in the 17th century to allow firemen easier access to the medieval city centre. The latest renovations of the street took place in 2003.

    Directions:
    The Rope Street links Cerbului Street with Poarta Schei Street, some 100 m south of the Town Hall Square (Piata Sfatului).

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    Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church

    by HORSCHECK Updated May 12, 2012

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    Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church (Biserica Sfantul Nicolae) is the oldest Orthodox church in Brasov and was constructed in the late 15th century on the spot of an old wooden church.

    It was built in a mix of the Byzantine, Baroque and Gothic styles.

    The walled church grounds are also home to a cemetery and the grave of Nicolae Titulescu who was a government minister and president of the League of Nations.

    The First Romanian School, which is nowadays a museum can also be found here.

    Directions:
    Saint Nicholas Church is situated at the large square Piata Unirii, which can be found in the old Romanian suburb of Schei.

    Address: Saint Nicholas Church, Piata Unirii 1-2, Brasov

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    Schei Gate

    by HORSCHECK Updated Nov 11, 2007

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    The history of the Schei Gate (Poarta Schei) dates back to the 13th century when Brasov was under Saxon rule.

    Romanians were only allowed to enter the walled city at certain times and therefore settled outside the wall in a district called Schei.

    The current Schei Gate was constructed in 1827 and repleced the old gate which was destroyed by fires.

    Directions:
    The Schei Gate can be found at the southwestern end of the old town, just next to the Catherine’s Gate.

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    City Hall (the yellow tower)

    by midnight_mike Written Jun 17, 2006

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    Built as a watch tower in the 13th century, the structure was eventually expanded and turned into medieval Brasov's city hall. Most of what you see today is from the 15th century. It is houses the Museum of Brasov.

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    Black Church

    by HORSCHECK Updated Nov 11, 2007

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    The Black Church (Biserica Neagra) was built in Gothic style in 1477 on a spot of and even older church.

    In 1689 the church was almost burned down by the Austrian Army. The name "Black Church" was derived from the blackened ruin.

    The church is home to one of the biggest collection of Oriental carpets from the 17th and 18th century. The carpets were gifts of local merchants.

    In one of the columns inside the church you can still see bullet holes from the 1989 Romanian revolution.

    The entrance fee to the church is 4 RON (2007) and the church closes at 17:00 h in summer and at 15:30 h in winter.

    Directions:
    The Black Church dominates Brasov's old town. It is located just adjacent to the Town Hall Square (Piata Sfatului).

    Address: Black Church, Curtea Johannes Honterus 2, Brasov

    Website: http://www.honterusgemeinde.ro/

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    The Black Church

    by midnight_mike Written Jun 17, 2006

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    The Black Church in the background at the left

    One of Brasov's most famous sights is the Black Church. The church got its name after a fire in 1689 turned its walls black. It is Romania's largest Gothic church. Inside, visitors can admire several priceless Turkish carpets displayed on the walls. The church's 19th century organ is still operational, with occasional recitals.

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    St. Bartholomeus Church

    by HORSCHECK Updated May 12, 2012

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    The St. Bartholomeus Church (Biserica Sf. Batolomeu) is the oldest building in Brasov. It was constructed in 1223 and consists of early roman and Gothic elements.

    Several sieges by the Turks in the 15th and 16th century led to destructions of the church. The last renovation dates back to 1842.

    The church is surrounded by a cemetery where many Germans are buried.

    Directions:
    The St. Bartholomeus Church is located about 2,5 km north of the city centre. To get there, you can take any bus which runs along Lunga Street. The bus stop is just in front of the Church.

    Address: St. Bartholomeus Church, Lunga Str. 247, Brasov

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